How to Update Device Drivers in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users how to update system and device drivers when using Windows 11. If you want your computer run smoothly, you’ll have to keep it up by updating device drivers when they’re available.

Your computer comes with many useful devices, such as network adapters, monitors, printers, video cards drivers and more. These software drivers allow your computer to perform various functions and tasks. For all these devices to run smoothly and perform well, their drivers may need to be updated with the latest.

The good thing is, Windows 11 will automatically download and install the latest drivers for many of the devices installed on your computer. You probably already have the most recent drivers, but if you’d like to manually update or reinstall a driver, we’ll show you how to do that below.

The new Windows 11, when released generally to everyone, will come with many new features and enhancements that will work great for some while adding some learning challenges for others. Some things and settings have changed so much that folks will have to learn new ways to work with and manage Windows 11.

The steps to update device drivers in Windows 11 isn’t new. If you learned how to do it in previous versions of Windows, the process hasn’t changed much in Windows 11.

To get started with updating system drivers in Windows 11, follow the steps below:

How to update drivers in Windows 11

As mentioned above, system drivers help keep your computer run smoothly. It’s your job to update it whenever necessary.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from the System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click System, and select About on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

windows 11 about

On the About settings pane, under Related settings, click Device Manager as highlighted below.

windows 11 about device manager

Select a category to see names of devices, then right-click (or press and hold) the one you’d like to update.

windows 11 update device driver from device manager

Select Search automatically for updated driver software.

windows 11 search for driver automatically

Select Update Driver and update the device with it.

If Windows doesn’t find a new driver, you can try looking for one on the device manufacturer’s website and follow their instructions. Download the new driver from the manufacturer website and save it to your computer.

Then go back to Device Manager as described above, right-click the device you wish to update, and select Update driver, then on the next screen as highlighted below, select Browse my computer for drivers.

windows 11 browse computer for new drivers

Browse to the location you saved the downloaded driver, and select the folder. Then click OK.

windows 11 manually select downloaded drivers

Continue with updating the drivers until you’re done. Restart the computer to complete the process.

How to reinstall drivers in Windows 11

Sometimes reinstalling device drivers can resolve issues. In Device Manager, right-click (or press and hold) the name of the device, and select Uninstall device.

windows 11 uninstall device drivers

Restart your PC. Windows will attempt to reinstall the driver.

How to install device drivers in Windows 11

Windows updates downloads optional device drivers and hold them for future installation. If a device is not working correctly or a new drivers is pending installed, go to Start ==> Settings ==> Windows Updates Advanced options.

windows updates advanced options

Under additional options, select Optional updates as highlighted below.

windows updates windows 11 optional updates

Then new drivers for devices listed under optional updates. This will install the new drivers for devices on your computer.

That’s should do it!


This post showed you how to install or update device drivers in Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.

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